. . . of that restaurant. Custy's bought directly from the boats and we used to get fantastic looking stuff- for instance it's the only time in my life that I ever got to break down an entire swordfish for the grill, which was an amazing experience. It's an intimidatingly huge animal- I came in one Saturday morning and there it was, six feet long, sprawled across the top of a prep table like some prehistoric animal.
The biggest lobster I saw while I was there was truly gargantuan- it must have been two and a half or three feet long and weighed in at nearly thirty pounds. Never seen anything like it since. I am really not sure what the state of the New England lobster fisheries is right now. The waters around coastal Rhode Island are actually, if memory serves, in better shape than they were thirty years ago; Narraganset Bay I believe went through a pretty massive cleanup effort, which for lovers of bottom dwelling filter feeding seafood is good news.
Still, I am constantly saddened at the state of fisheries worldwide- mercury levels have built up in deep water fish to such an extent that warnings are now issued by the FDA on the dangers of consuming too much tuna, the Chilean sea bass remains a popular menu item despite the fact that it's a very slowly reproducing fish and on the endangered species list; there appears to be a slow collapse going on in the cod fisheries- the cod fisheries! -and marine biologists predict a drop in populations of deep ocean fish populations of between fifty and ninety per cent over the next ten years.